Becoming a Magnet for Your Ideal Clients

magnetWouldn’t you LOVE to be a magnet for your most ideal clients? Last February, I led a Rock Your Business the LOA Way call at Good Vibe University to teach people how to do just that. The topic of the call was creating Strategic Action Plans that Work for You!

If you aren’t familiar with Strategic Action Plans, they are the subject of the book Attracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall and Jan Brogniez (2001, Berrett-Koehler Publishers). You can find this book and others that I recommend on my Recommended Reading page.

These do-it-yourself plans are an excellent tool for anyone, especially the LOA savvy self-employed who want to regularly zero in energetically on their desired outcome(s).

You can think of a Strategic Action Plan as a combination of a Pray Rain ideal client / project list and an affirmative list of positive aspects on a single piece of paper you can carry around. It’s a tool to keep you grounded in what’s important for you and where you have decided to focus your attention.

Bring Out the Magnet!

Since everything is energy, we naturally expand energetically where we focus our attention. The more we do, the more we become like a magnet to the experiences and object(s) of our attention. I’m sure you can think of many positive ways you might want to focus on growing and sustaining your business.

To learn how to make your own Strategic Action Plan, download my call notes (right-click the images below):

For more in-depth material, you’ll want to invest in the book (linked above).

As you develop your own Strategic Actions Plan(s), they will continually change as you grow in consciousness and develop new preferences. I find myself editing the list almost daily, and by the end of two weeks, I use the new information to create a fresh new Strategic Action Plan to work from.

Keep in mind that you are not limited to just one Strategic Action Plan…you can make as many as you’d like, for any aspect of your business and/or your life. Play with them, see what works best for you and have fun with them!

Have you worked with Strategic Action Plans before? If so, share your experiences in the comments below. If you haven’t, download the instructions and give them a try.

 

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Getting Out of the “How” Business

how - letting go[This article was previously published on AffirmingSpirit.com. It has been revised and updated for the enjoyment of blog-readers.]

Recently, I have written about embracing change, the power of decision, and believing in what’s possible as tools for creating powerful positive change in your life. Once you open the door to possibilities, your intuitive guidance will begin to show you options. Here is when it is critical to move past the next trap: Wanting to control “how” everything manifests.

Paralyzed by the need to control or see exactly how their wish will materialize, many folks cease taking any action. They need to know exactly how, from start to finish, they will accomplish their goal. The lack of knowing how becomes an excuse never to even begin taking action toward their desired goal. Since a clear solution does not seem available, or viable, they then conclude that their goal is simply not possible. Many goals die a quiet death in this trap.

The truth is “how” your goal manifests is not up to you…at all. That’s the job of the Universe that is orchestrating all beyond your comprehension. It’s your job to sift through all your experiences to decide what it is you really want to experience, and which of those you are really going to pursue, put yourself into the feeling of it as if it’s already manifested…AND LET GO! ‘How’ it comes about is truly the “domain of the Universe” as Mike Dooley says in the original version of The Secret DVD.

In fact, failure to let go sets us up for a vicious cycle. The more we worry about, and try to control, “how” our desires manifest, the more we are adding to the very resistance that keeps those goals at bay. Then, with proof that nothing is working, you have yet another excuse to conclude that the goal was an impossible dream.

If you’ve decided to become a conscious creator, you need to get out of the ‘how’ business. When we let go of the need to control exactly how our desires show up, we release the self-imposed limits on the possible ways our desires can manifest. As humans beings, we have a limited view of what can be accomplished, always based on what we are aware of that has already been done. Getting away from the need to know how is what is meant by “getting out of your own way”.

There’s no question that we DO benefit from pure, positive passion on your way to experience your desired goal, and the persistence to stay focused on the outcome regardless of any naysayers. That said, sometimes the very passion that drives us can cause us to want to know “how”. Successful people the world over know that you do not need to know “how” you will accomplish your goal in order to succeed. They realize that passion for the outcome and trust in the process are the big keys to successful conscious creating.

Jerry Hicks tells a story of how he and Esther had decided they wanted to take the Abraham materials to a wider audience. They happily told others about this, and when people asked how they were going to do it, they just said something to the effect of, “We don’t know right now, but we know the way will be shown.” Then, out of the (seeming) blue, Wayne Dyer and Christiane Northrup, M.D. contacted them to say how much they loved their materials and asking how they could help. Other notable authors and media people stepped forward to do the same. Louise Hay offered to publish their books to a wider audience. They were contacted by Rhonda Byrne to make The Secret movie (original version), which led to them creating their own movies and participating in Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. Along the way, Oprah called to interview them on her XM 156 Radio show.

All this happened for them because they put their desire out to the listening Universe and spent no time trying to second-guess the energy that creates worlds. They got out of their own way. Esther and Jerry considered what they wanted, focused on that, and trusted that it would show up for them…and it did! You wouldn’t know about all of their books, movies, or YouTube videos if this hadn’t happened for them.

The “Needing-to-Know-How” Addiction
Some people have been demanding to know how for so long that they’ve become addicted to needing to know, not to mention tallying up failures of past goals that never saw the light of day.

The addiction to knowing coupled with the lack of knowing keeps them stuck, in a perpetual (and emotionally exhausting) tug of war.

At the root of needing to know how your goal will manifest is a lack of trust in the energy that creates worlds, the one single source of all we perceive as humans: The Universal Energy field, sometimes known as Source Energy, Divine Source, All that Is, or God. Quantum Physicists have identified this energy field that permeates everything that we perceive with our senses, and have determined that this field of energy responds to and is affected by our thoughts and feelings.

Quantum Physicist Fred Alan Wolfe, PhD in the movie, The Secret, said,“Quantum Physics really begins to point to this discovery. It says that you can’t have the Universe without the mind entering into it.” He goes on to explain, The mind is actually shaping the very thing that is being perceived. Experiments with particles have shown them responding as soon as particles are being observed.

Whether you view this ever-present energy field in a religious, spiritual, or a scientific way, the fact still remains: The energy that permeates all things in the universe is constantly responding to our thoughts and feelings. If you trust this, then you will find it easier to let go of the ‘how’ and let this energy source assist you. It will respond to your trust by providing your deepest heart-felt desires.

If you do not trust this source, by virtue of your lack of trust, it will reflect back to you proof that you cannot trust it. The Law of Attraction ensures that whatever we believe is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Practice Shifting and Cultivating
So, what do you do if you are addicted to needing to know ‘how’ before you proceed? Start by practicing shifting your thinking and attitudes, and cultivate trust.

• Cultivating trust is like building muscles. Develop your trust muscle so you can easily imagine yourself living the outcome you desire. Spend a few minutes each day practicing— visualizing (see, feel, know) yourself living the outcome of the goal and noticing how it feels for you.

For example, if you want a good parking spot, imagine yourself driving to the location, finding the perfect spot and pulling right in without waiting.

Notice how you feel when you are visualizing (seeing, feeling, knowing) this. Feel yourself physically there in your visualization. Then, let it go and continue with your day. Resist the temptation to get into too much mental detail because that will lead you to ask ‘how’. Instead, focus on the feeling you want and are expecting to experience. Abraham refers to this technique as pre-paving a future experience. As you find yourself stepping into a future that matches your visualization (seeing, feeling, knowing), you know it’s not a coincidence.

• Start with smaller goals until you begin to trust that Universal Energy is constantly responding to meet your requests. We tend to be less attached to emotionally to smaller goals, so use that to it’s advantage if you are just starting out. As your trust deepens, you will find it easier to begin visualizing and feeling the outcome of much larger goals. Soon, you will find yourself trusting and knowing that everything you desire will manifest for you quickly and efficiently.

• Release emotional attachment to the outcome. I realize that the more emotionally attached we are to a certain outcome, the harder it can be to let go and trust. However, if you channel that emotion away from attachment and toward your visualization, you’ll notice something remarkable. The more emotion invested in the visualization, rather than the attachment, the more you will feel as if you are already living the desire you seek.

At that point, it’s only a matter of time for it to manifest. The creation process is well underway, and ironically, you are likely to feel less attached to the final outcome because you already have the satisfaction of feeling as if you are living that reality. And that makes you, and your goal, very attractive!

Feel the Outcome as Reality
How to do this? Let me share a personal experience from my own business.

One day I realized that a client had not paid a large project invoice by the milestone date. I called their accounting department to find out when payment would be made and was told they would “pay it when they got around to paying it.” I was incensed that this client corporation had me working around the clock and was extremely demanding, but was unwilling to pay their invoices on time. Soon, I found myself arguing with their Accounts Payable rep and heard my inner voice say, “Stop. Arguing is not helping.” I forced myself to end the conversation and hang up the phone, and needless to say—I was not in a very good mood!

Realizing that my energy was so negative that I would only attract similar energy by staying there, I immediately left my office. I sought out my kitty cat who always soothed me and lifted my energy. As I petted my kitty, I felt my heart warm and completely forget why I was mad in the first place. I stayed in that loving energy for a while, as it felt so good, and then began to think about the ideal outcome for the situation. All drama aside, the ideal outcome was to have possession of the client payment and deposit it into the bank.

So, I imagined myself holding the check, walking into the bank to make the deposit. I stayed with that visualization until it felt real to me. Then, I went back to petting my sweet kitty who was soaking up all the love.

Eventually, I made it back into my office and went back to work. I had let go of the outcome and trusted that what I visualized would show up. About three hours later, I received a call that the check was in the company’s lobby for me to pick up. It was not long before I was holding that check, walking into my bank to make the deposit just as I had visualized a few hours before!!!

Was it totally easy for me to get out of the “how” and shift my anger toward more productive visualization? It is easier now than it would have been 10 years ago, but it wasn’t totally easy, and frankly I needed the help of my furry friend to truly shift my energy to a higher vibration. (Furry friends are one of our greatest gifts!)

Could I have gotten there on my own? Probably, but not as quickly. If a kitty wasn’t present, I could have turned on some good music and danced, or put my attention on someone who always lifts my spirits. While it wasn’t easy, it was doable…and the more I do it, the easier it becomes.

In my example above, as I stepped out of the ‘how’ and focused on the outcome I desired, I gave the universe permission to fulfill my request in the fastest, most efficient way possible. I was then free to follow intuitve guidance. Jack Canfield has equated this to driving from NY to California at night with your headlights on, seeing only 200 feet ahead of you at any time, trusting that the road will take you to your final destination.

Have you been paralyzed to take action because you first needed to know how you would accomplish your goal? What has helped you to get out of your own way? Share your experiences with us below, in comments…

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Cultivating the Business Love Factor

business love

Earlier this week, cultivating love for our business was the topic of a panel call in which I was a participant. Not surprisingly, most entrepreneurs are taught to think of their business according the ‘numbers’: ROI, the number of paying clients, the profit after expenses, growing products and services, increasing the client roster or customer list—the metrics they believe point to whether their business is a “success”.

However, when you understand energy dynamics, metrics are only the reflection of what’s happening with those who started and run the business. It’s reflecting their *past thoughts and actions*.

Before any metrics are generated, the business begins responding to the person(s) starting and running the business. Our energy has a direct impact on the world around us, including our perceptions of our business.

Cultivating the Business Love Factor

While some entrepreneurs start out as employees in larger companies, those who finally have a chance to start their own business tend to gravitate toward:

• Business concepts that excite them, from the offerings to the business model

Ideas that energize them throughout the day, and keep the going so they feel fully engaged

• A sense of doing well by doing good: fulfillment and meaning

It’s easy to see why a business that exemplifies the above criteria would have a positive energy from within that helps it expand. They cultivate their business love on a constant basis throughout the day: in their words, thoughts, self-talk, attitudes, and writing. All before they ever take action in their business.

As a result, when they finally take action they result in great successes that reflect the business love energy they invested up front.

Those who have cultivated the business love factor have done a number of things to set themselves up for success, from the choice of what they offer to who they serve. Their choices from the beginning have lined them up to love every aspect of their business, and their business loves them back!

Not feeling it?

If you’re reading this post and realizing you don’t have the business love factor working for you, you have two choices: make some changes or close the business.

For some, closing an existing business might bring tremendous relief. If that’s you, then do what feels best.

For others, some re-evaluation is in order.

If you are in the latter group, one of the first questions you’ll want to ask is: Am I willing to experience my business differently? A Course in Miracles invites us to say, “I am willing to see this (situation) differently. Take my thoughts and judge them for me, returning to me (better feeling thoughts).” Once you’ve done this, get some much-needed rest to clear out your anxiety.

When you are rested and have some quiet time, write out your ideal business scenarios: What are your days like? What products or services do you offer? Who do you serve? How do feel at the end of your days? What are your business interactions like? Who else is working with you? How do you feel when you are not working? Keep writing as long as it feels energizing and uplifting. (Those feelings are an indicator that your business is capable of moving in those directions.)

Once you’ve written this out, compare it to your current typical day.

Resist the temptation to keep things the ‘same’ for the sake of comfort if they really are not suiting your business. This business is yours, and you have the freedom to change course or course correct.

From there, you can begin mapping out ways you can shift your business offerings and/or clientele/customers to better fit your ideal.

Then, find ways to love and appreciate what has been working all along as well as the changes that you’ve successfully made. Journal about it, think about it, express it frequently to yourself and others. Shift the story about your business so it sounds a lot more like your ideal scenario.

Bottom line: Focus on ways you love your existing business, release or delegate the aspects you don’t love, and your business will love you back!

 

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Wednesday Waves!

Inspired by DailyAlchemy.com’s Michelle Dobbins Monday Raves, a list of things that are going right for her, I’m offering you Wednesday Waves…inviting you to ride the waves of inspiration and appreciation!

Here’s a beautiful picture of Peter Mel surfing the local Northern California Mavericks, big wave surfing site. Get ready to ride this wave…

 

1 | Appreciating the beauty of nature   I am so blessed to live near some of the most amazing natural sites including mountains, Pacific Ocean, and marshes. The nature trails alone, are awe-inspiring vistas and filled with wild animals like deer, wild turkey, quail, hawks, rattle snakes, bobcats and mountain lions. If you have access to nature, consider yourself blessed!

2 |  Enjoying a walk in the sunshine  Even if I don’t get out to the nature trails, a walk in the sun in my own neighborhood is uplifting. It’s fun to see the ways different people have chosen to landscape their front and side yards. The area is full of all kinds of birds, including crows, as well as squirrels, cats, and dogs. The movement, fresh air, sunshine, flora and fauna all come together to makes it a wonderful sensory experience. With your endorphins flooding into your circulating bloodstream, this is a gift you can feel good about giving yourself often!

3 | Appreciating the power of kindness  On my neighborhood walks, I often come across stray dogs who just need a little help finding their way back to their Mommy or Daddy. Even when I get surprised by a loose pit bull, it’s fun to see them appreciate and gently respond to kindness. One time on a walk in a new area, I was frightened by a full grown Mastiff who was on a huge chain in his front yard. He was barking, growling, drooling foam, lunging and straining to get to me as I walked by. It was scary, and yet, something inside me made me stop, put my hand up, and command him to “Sit!”  Not only did he immediately sit, he wagged his butt furiously, and his eyes told me he wasn’t straining to bite me…he was straining to get attention from me.  At this point, it was pretty clear he was just lonely there on his chain, and wanted anyone who passed by to give him some undivided loving attention. What a big, slobbery Teddy Bear he was! 😀

4 | Loving all things kitty cat  Raised with dogs, I find kitties to be amazingly intelligent, gentle and benevolent creatures. They know they have a choice with whom they spend time, and they won’t abide someone who treats them poorly. Whenever a kitty blesses me with their affection, I know I earned it! Somehow it makes me respect and admire them even more. A day doesn’t go by where I have not appreciated a kitty. Whoever “thought up” the idea of kitties did a great job! 😀

5 | Inspired by affirming thoughts  I don’t know anyone, including myself, who feels positive 100% of the time. We all have our own issues, and can feel overwhelmed by them from time to time. Lately, I’ve really seen how quickly I can shift from negative to positive with a sequence of affirming thoughts. A Course in Miracles (ACIM) states that miracles are a shift in perception, and by affirming some good-feeling thoughts, we can shift ourselves into a miracle. Most of the struggle we experience is created by fear-full thoughts, often projected into the future…not the experience, itself. If you are feeling fearful, get yourself back into the present, and begin affirming what’s going right for you in this moment. Give it a try!

6 | Excited about inspiring interviews  My friend, Laura Gevanter of Present Tense Coaching is interviewing Bruce Lipton, PhD, the stem cell biologist and former medical professor who discovered at Stanford University (while on sabbatical) that human genes are NOT set in stone, but effectively turn on and off in real-time based on our thoughts and emotions. Laura will interview him about his latest book, The Honeymoon Effect. Listen to that interview live at 3pm ET, Wednesday, May 15th ~ or listen afterward to the recording on Life In The Present Tense Radio.

7 | Appreciating open dialogs  One of the things I know Laura will ask Bruce Lipton is about Angelina Jolie’s decision to endure a double mastectomy because she carries the “faulty BRCA1 gene”. While it is absolutely her body and her decision, I do wonder if Angelina would have made the same decision if her doctors hadn’t scared her into doing so. AND I truly appreciate that Angela’s action is opening the dialog about our bodies and our health. It’s blowing the door open on the women’s health/women’s body discussion, which I hope leads to a discussion of everyone’s health and body. Meanwhile, Lissa Rankin, MD, has responded to Angelina’s news with additional information that other women may want to consider before making the same decision. Ironically, Angelina’s news and Lissa’s post came on the heels of my watching her AMAZING interview on The Good Life Project that really opened my eyes to the horrors facing medical doctors as well as the science behind how we heal ourselves:


 

What would you add to your list of Wednesday Waves? Add your comments below and create the next wave…

Learn and Benefit from Meditation!

Announcing The AffirmingSpirit Meditation Mentor Program!

So many of my clients have been struggling with finding clarity, dealing with the dramas of life, and feeling over-stressed. Are you one of them?

Meditation is one of the most amazing ways to calm your mind, release stress, become more aware of intuitive guidance, and encourage your body’s natural healing processes.

If you’ve struggled to learn meditation, then you aren’t experiencing any of the positive benefits!

It also took me a long way to learn, and I gave up many times along the way. Since so many of my clients also have struggled to learn to meditate, I put together a process that will teach you how to easily and effortlessly begin a meditation practice. The introductory price for this digitally downloadable program, which includes 5 audios and a PDF Guide, is only $19USD!

I am so happy to be sharing this simple-yet-effective and very affordable solution so you can end the struggle to learn meditation once and for all!

You can purchase the AffirmingSpirit Meditation Mentor Program and download it immediately, so you can begin learning right away!

Many blessings,

Wisdom of the Doughnut

I posted this to GoodVibeUniversity’s private forum, and decided to also share it here:

I’m totally appreciating and loving the searchability of the internet right now. 😀

My Dad, who transitioned when I was 17 yrs old, and when he was just 56, was an optimist and a big-time coffee drinker. I’ve been accused of being an optimist myself. 😉

Recently, one of Abraham’s quotes tickled my brain about one of my Dad’s favorite sayings. I was having trouble remembering all of it, but I knew it contained the words, “Keep your eye upon…” and had a pithy point about focusing on *what you want, not the lack of it*.

So, I Googled the quote term I could remember…

And it turns out the quote is from a poem called, “The Optimist’s Creed” which pre-dates the Mayflower! 😯

From reading this, I saw exactly what my Dad used to say: Keep your eye upon the doughnut and NOT upon the hole. 😀

It comes from these two poems, most directly the second one:
The Mayflower coffee and donut shops (1930s-1970s) used this “Optimist’s Creed” as its motto. The poem pre-dates the Mayflower.

15 April 1904, New York Sun, pg. 6, col. 5:
Their Points of View.
‘Twixt optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll;
The optimist the doughnut sees –
The pessimist the hole.

13 January 1929, Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, pg. 6, col. 6:
Sign in Quarrier street restaurant. Advice for those who drink coffee and eat “sinkers.”

“As you ramble through Life, Brother,
Whatever be your goal.
Keep your eye upon the doughnut,
And not upon the hole.

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Did you ever think there was such wisdom in doughnuts? Leave it to optimists to see the incredible value of doughnuts (and everything else). 😉

Do you have some optimistic quotes that you’d like to share with us?

Creative Discipline Is A Recipe for Success

Recently, I got thinking about the power of discipline on the creative mind. I had been watching the movie, Julie & Julia, on DVD.
The creativity of the human mind knows no boundaries, and therein lies the paradox: Without something to reign in, focus and channel creativity, it tends to float aimlessly. While creative-types (including myself) will complain about the limitations put upon us, the truth is that without those limitations deadlines often aren’t met. Deadlines being one of the limitations set upon us.
Talk to any creative artist who has set about a project with no creative or time boundaries, and chances are very good you are talking to someone who has not even come close to completing said project. It could go on indefinitely…without direction or focus.
For the few who haven’t seen the movie, this is the one based on two true stories~that of Julia Child before she wrote her now-famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and that of about the young gal (Julie Powell) who loved cooking and saw it as a nightly refuge from her difficult day job. These two stories have some parallels, which deepen when Julie decides to tackle Julia Child’s recipes in year and blog about the process. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_child#Films )
At the beginning of the movie, Julie Powell is wallowing in a dead-end job and questioning what she’s done with her life, feeling lost at sea. For this heroine, the act of focusing on her passion (cooking), giving it structure (completing 524 recipes in 365 days), and commiting to be accountable (blogging about it daily) created a recipe for success. Watching this movie I saw parallels with my own creativity and that of others.
During all the years that I worked solely as a self-employed commercial artist, my client specifications created the structure and the deadlines created the accountability. I prided myself in always meeting client deadlines~and often early~while exceeding the client’s expectations for the project-at-hand. Whether we like it or not, the creative mind thrives best with structure and accountability. Keep it up long enough, and it generates a creative discipline where creativity flourishes under even the tightest constraints.
What does this have to do with you personally or with your business? All of us have something that requires creativity in our lives, and can benefit from this formula:
• Your Passion Find out what you truly love and focus on that. If you don’t know your passion, be wiling to try different things until you find it. Julia Child tried hat making, learning bridge, studying French, until she came upon cooking and discovered it was her true passion.
• Structure What actions, related to your passion, are you willing to take on a regular basis? When I was working in mortgage lending in the 80s, I would come home from work each night, change my clothes, grab dinner and work on my acrylic paintings for 2-3 hours. I was happy to commit to this schedule because it was my passion at the time.
• Committed Accountability How can you be accountable? If clients aren’t involved, find a buddy, a coach or a Quantum MasterMind that gives you the support and place to share the successes and frustrations.
Julia Child’s efforts did not go unnoticed. Her book is considered a masterpiece, and it launched her teaching and television career. Julie Powell’s efforts did not go unnoticed, either. By the end of her year-long journey, she caught the attention of the NY Times, got a book deal and ~as we all now know~ a movie deal, and is now working as a published professional writer.
Have you found ways to create structure and committed accountability for your creativity? Share with us below in the comments…

Recently, I got thinking all about the power of discipline on the creative mind. What started me on this odyssey of creative thought, you ask? I had just finished watching the movie, Julie & Julia, on DVD.

The creativity of the human mind knows no boundaries, and therein lies the paradox: Without something to reign in, focus and channel that creativity, it tends to float aimlessly. While creative-types (including myself) will complain about the limitations thrust upon them, the truth is that without those limitations nothing gets accomplished and deadlines often aren’t met. Deadlines as in results, are also one of the aforementioned limitations.

Talk to any creative artist who has set about a project with no creative or time boundaries, and chances are very good you are talking to someone who has not even come close to completing said project. Such projects could go on indefinitely, growing in scope and essence… without direction or focus.

Trust me, I know this truth first-hand.

For the few who haven’t seen the movie, this is the one based on two true stories~that of Julia Child before she wrote her now-famous book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and that of the soon-to-be-30 Julie Powell, who loved cooking and saw it as a nightly refuge from her difficult day job. These two stories have some parallels, which deepen when Julie decides to tackle Julia Child’s recipes in one year and blog about the process.

At the beginning of the movie, Julie Powell is wallowing in a dead-end job and questioning what she’s done with her life, feeling lost at sea. For this heroine, the act of focusing on her passion (cooking), giving it structure (completing 524 recipes in 365 days), and committing to be accountable (blogging about it daily) created a recipe for success. Watching this movie I saw parallels with my own creativity and that of others.

During all the years that I worked solely as a self-employed commercial artist, my client’s specifications created the structure and their deadlines created the accountability. I prided myself in always meeting client deadlines~and often early~while exceeding the client’s expectations for the project-at-hand. As a result, I was prolific in this work.

However, when there wasn’t client work it was easy to flounder, if I didn’t deliberately create some structure and accountability of my own.

Whether we like it or not, the creative mind thrives best with structure and accountability. Keep it up long enough, and it generates a creative discipline where creativity flourishes under even the tightest constraints.

What does this have to do with you personally or with your business? All of us have something that requires creativity in our lives and/or business, and can benefit from this formula:

Your Passion Find out what you truly love and focus on that. If you don’t know your passion, be wiling to try different things until you find it. Julia Child tried hat making, learning bridge, and studying French, before she happened upon cooking and discovered it was her true passion.

+ Structure What actions, related to your passion, are you willing to take on a regular basis? When I was working in mortgage lending in the 80s, I would come home from work each night, change my clothes, grab dinner and work on my acrylic paintings for 2-3 hours. I was happy to commit to this schedule because it was my passion at the time.

+ Committed Accountability How can you be accountable? If clients aren’t involved, find a buddy, a coach or a Quantum MasterMind that gives you the support and place to share the successes and frustrations.

= Success Julia Child’s efforts did not go unnoticed. Her book is considered a masterpiece, and it launched her teaching and television career.

Julie Powell’s efforts did not go unnoticed, either. By the end of her year-long journey, she caught the attention of the NY Times, got a book deal and ~as we all now know~ a movie deal, and is now working as a published professional writer.

If you’ve been feeling lost as sea, unable to find the shore with your creative work, look to see if your work contains the passion, structure and accountability. If not, try establishing some and see if it brings you safely back to shore.

Have you found ways to create structure and committed accountability for your creativity? Share with us below in the comments…

Creating Your Own Economy

If you’re breathing, it’s pretty hard to miss it: Everybody and their brother is talking about the economy. Most are labeling it everything from slow or down, to a recession, and some even consider it the beginning of a depression.

Here’s the thing: Everything is energy, including our economy. In our attraction-based Universe, what we focus upon, we attract energetically. What we focus upon with emotion, we attract even faster energetically. Doesn’t matter what emotion ~ Quantum Physics and heart-based studies show that feeling an emotion boosts the energetic broadcast of your focus across the quantum field of possibilities and brings THAT possibility closer to you much faster than if you thought about it with no emotion.

economySo, when mass-consciousness is focused on something (in this case the economic state), what is being focused upon is being created. If you are worrying and complaining about the economy, you are actually contributing to the current state!

Do the masses who are focusing negatively on the economy really want an economic slowdown, recession, or a depression? I highly doubt it, since their source of focus is usually complaining, blaming, and worrying. They are just unconscious of their true creative powers.

Nevertheless, their incessant attention and their worries lock them in fear which just adds MORE energy to the creation process. If people truly understood their incredible power of creation, I believe they would choose differently. Surely, these folks are not conscious that their attention and energy is adding to such possibilities.

The best way to counteract the mass energy moving toward a non-desired outcome is for those who choose to be Deliberate Creators to consciously focus attention in a desired direction, and tune-out what the less conscious folks are saying about the matter. This is not a time to engage in never-ending conversations about the problems with ‘what is’. Abraham has said (paraphrasing, here) that one conscious person who is tuned into Source Energy is far more powerful than millions who are not.

When it comes down to it, we create our own economy with our vibration (how we interact with the Source Energy around us), our thoughts/attitudes that drive our actions, and the belief in the possibilities. We create our own luck by believing in the possibility of opportunities. What we are willing to perceive is what predominantly shows up in our world. This is why *it seems* as though those who are doing well continue to do so, and those on the edge seem to slip off.

By the way, don’t let the fear-mongers who tell economic horror stories designed to paralyze your efforts fool you: More millionaires were created during The Great Depression than any other time in U.S. History, and this article explains how and why this happened. It boils down to Deliberate Creators believing that something else was possible, focusing attention there, and being aware of all the opportunities available to create their own economic booms. Oh, and if you are letting people talk you out of reaching your dream, then you are not a Deliberate Creator.

Have you made a conscious decision to be a Deliberate Creator, or do you live by default allowing others to decide how you will experience your life?

Here are some steps that conscious, Deliberate Creators can take today to create their own economy:

1. Take responsibility for your own vibration. Pay attention to how you feel and use it as a guide to keep your vibration as high and clear as possible. Meditate regularly so you become attuned and accustomed the higher vibrations. Then, when you begin to feel your vibration slip, you’ll notice it faster and be in a better position to course-correct. Only you are in control of your vibration, as no one else can think and feel for you.

2. In quiet or meditative moments, get clear about the outcomes you would prefer to experience. Knowing clearly what you are aiming for allows you to use your energy most effectively. Not sure what you really want? Deliberately collect more data until you get clear, and you can always define and add further clarity.

3. Find ways to activate the vibration of your desired outcomes: Put yourself in the feeling place of already having what you are seeking such as through visualization, affirmations, creating vision boards or mind-movies, talking about the possibility with other deliberate creators, writing about experiencing your manifestation. Write down & read or say your affirmations regularly. Imagine the perfect clients contacting you again and again. Know what it feels like to be successful and create a profitable economy for yourself.

4. Deliberately seek and connect with other conscious creators. There are *many* of us out here in your real and virtual networks. You can tell who we are by the enthusiasm in our voices and sparkle in our eyes. Those who vibrate much lower find us irritating to be around because we remind them that they have a choice. Begin engaging folks in conversations. If the conversation quickly turns to complaining and blaming failure on the *economy*, then you haven’t found us, yet. Keep believing in the possibility of connecting with other Deliberate Creators.

Good Vibe University is one of the best communities for Deliberate Creators I have seen so far! If your search hasn’t turned up a consistently positive and supportive community, check out GoodVibeU.

5. Get picky about the energy you allow around you. Turn off the news and lo-vibe media. Choose instead to read uplifting books, articles, and blog-posts. Listen to uplifting podcasts. Limit time with low-vibing fault-finders and complainers. Join an uplifting business group such as Quantum MasterMind. Find ways to inspire others and be inspired everyday. Many folks who did this saw their businesses grow exponentially. It’s not a coincidence.

Now it’s your turn:
What do you do to be a conscious, Deliberate Creator of your own economy?

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